I recently received a wonderful e-mail query about this wine from a gentleman who “discovered” two bottles of it in some cases he had bought many years before. As this is not a wine that comes across my bow too often, I was of course intrigued, and was fortunate to be able to speak with both Eric Baugher and Paul Draper on the matter. Both were very insightful, though neither had tasted the wine in some time. Paul was kind enough to pen some words for me, however, which I thought I’d share here:
“The 1974 & 1978 were the most exceptional of the zinfandels we produced from that vineyard in the Sierra Foothills.”
“The ’74 was still showing well at 20 years of age and now that we are at 35 years of age, though we have not tasted it in years, it may have faded – but one never knows with old zinfandels and it may still be an interesting wine to try.”
I’ve attached a scan of the label below (click on the image to see full-size):
Has anyone out there tasted this wine recently? I’d love to get some feedback!